The Chestnut Grille & Lounge

Contemporary, Distinctive New England Cuisine

Tuesday-Saturday 5:00-9:00 pm

‘Bee Happy Hour’, Tuesday-Friday, 5:00-7:00 pm

1/2 off ‘Well’ Cocktails, $5 wine and complimentary nosh

Daily ‘Early Bee’ Price Fix, Tuesday-Saturday, 5:00-6:00 pm

Complimentary soup or salad and dessert with every entree

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Daily Specials


Bee Happy Hour 5-7:00 pm, Early Bee Special 5-6:00 pm


Bee Happy Hour 5-7:00 pm, Early Bee Special 5-6:00 pm


Bee Happy Hour 5-7:00 pm, Early Bee Special 5-6:00 pm, Three Course dinner for two with bottle of wine for $75

Friday & Saturday

Bee Happy Hour On Friday, Early Bee Special Both Friday and Saturday 5-6:00 pm


Closed, but available for private events.

The Chestnut Grille and Lounge

Join us for dinner, or  relax with a cocktail in our lounge .Whether you’re coming in for a casual meal  or a special celebration in one of our beautiful dining areas,  the Chestnut Grille and Lounge is the perfect choice for any occasion. Our menu changes weekly; focusing on the most fresh, local and seasonal ingredients that the Connecticut River Valley has to offer.

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Chef Kristofer Rowe

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Chef Kristofer Rowe started his culinary career at the Egremont Inn in Massachusetts. His love for working at this small country inn inspired him to attend the Culinary Institute of America. He completed his internship at Wheatleigh, a Relais and Cheateau Property, in Lenox, MA.

After graduating on the Dean’s List, he decided to return to the Berkshires at Old Inn at the Green in New Marlborough, MA and was promoted to Executive Chef.
In 2000, Kristofer decided to move to the shoreline, where he spent several years at the Old Saybrook Point Inn and the Inn at Chester before joining the Bee and Thistle Inn as Executive Chef.

Chef Kristofer’s kitchen is a beehive of activity; bringing the highest level of excitement to the experience of dining. He uses only the most fresh, local and seasonal ingredients to produce his award winning, Zagat rated menu. In his spare time, Kris’ passion is capturing incredible wildlife photography.



Our Menu Changes Weekly to Reflect the Bounty of the Connecticut River Valley


Carrot and Fennel Soup, Paprika Oil $9

Baby Spinach Salad, Candied Walnuts, Feta, Chianti Vinaigrette $10

Spring Panzanella Salad, Asparagus, Toasted Baguette, Radish, Mint $10

House Cured Gravlax, Crispy Potato Cake, Dill $12

New England Clam Cakes, Cornichon Tartar Sauce $11

Chicken Liver Mousse, Armagnac, Baguette $9

Curried Hummus, Inn Made Spiced Tortillas  $6

Taco of the Day, Red Cabbage Slaw, Racaito, Tomatillo Salsa $12


Peppercorn Grilled NY Strip Steak, Herb Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes, Roasted Baby Carrots $32

Slow Roasted Duck Breast, Baby Leeks, Dates, Baked Mini Sweet Potato $27

Coffee Barbecued Pork Loin, Black Eyed Pea Salad, French Beans $24

Coriander Spiced Monkfish, Grilled Fennel, Roasted Asparagus, Citrus Beurre Blanc $25

Herb Roasted Salmon, Sundried Tomato Tapenade, Radish-Cucumber Salad, Basmati Rice $27

Mac n’ Cheese, Applewood Bacon, Celletani Pasta $14

        Chef Kristofer Rowe

         Permittee Linnea Rufo

         Parties of 6 or More Guests, 20% Gratuity will be added



The Chestnut Grille is always serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner for parties of 10 or more, seven days a week. Enjoy a private dinner in this gracious home; voted one of the best restaurants in Old Lyme CT. Please contact us for more information.